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Aisha Buhari in a Ferragamo Cape worth over 1Million naira


In the past one week, there have been stories in the Gist Category of Pulse.ng that made the headlines and soon became viral for their traction and reach.

The week began with the breaking story of a self-confessed notorious cultist and killer, Ibrahim Balogun, also known as Small JPron, who was arrested a few weeks ago for allegedly murdering many people in the Shomolu area of Lagos State.

Just as the residents of the area were heaving a sigh of relief that the menace of the community has been removed from amongst them, he made a triumphant return a few weeks to the local council elections.

Then came the story of 67-year-old Irish national, James Turner who was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for deliberately infecting his girlfriend with the HIV Virus when he knew he had tested positive.

But Turner himself dropped a bomb when he told the police during interrogation that he had slept with more than six ladies without protection.

Following on the heels of the James Turner bombshell, came the story of the trepidation by commercial sex workers in Lagos who are now living in fear, with many of them not knowing if they had fallen victims to the moving death merchant.

Many of them are scared he could have slept with them and passed on the disease to them

A bride-to-be, Temitope Makinde, who was looking forward to her wedding coming up in May, 2017, has been thrown into lamentations following the death of her fiance, Damilare Oladapo Oluwafeyisan, who lost his life in a fire disaster caused by a generator explosion.

Following comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari about his wife belonging to his kitchen and some other rooms in his house, the First Lady, Aisha, turned up the style by dressing in an expensive apparel said to be worth N1.2 million to attend an event.

This display drew the anger of Nigerians who attacked her for wearing such a dress after all, her husband has been preaching change and the need to buy made in Nigeria good.

Here is a rundown of the top five of such trending stories for the week:

1. "Looming Danger: Shomolu residents in panic following return of notorious killer"

There is palpable fear in the Shomolu area of Lagos State following the release of a notorious murderer, Ibrahim Balogun, also known as Small JPron, who was arrested a few weeks ago.

Balogun, a notorious cultist, and self-confessed murderer, had been arrested and held in the custody of the police at the Panti Police Division after months of evading the law, but on Monday, October 10, 2016, he was seen attending a welcome party organized for him by his gang members.

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The arrested killer, Small Jpron



He was allegedly heard boasting that he has a list of the people who fingered him to the police and would go after them one after the other.

The 29-year-old Balogun was arrested on August  20, 2016, for the murder of five people during a cult war in Bariga area of the state.

The police also accused him of setting fire to a house in which a 65-year-old woman, Adejoke Adefuye, was burnt to death.

2. "Death Merchant: Irish national who infected Nigerian lover with HIV also slept with 6 ladies"

A 67-year-old Ireland national, James Turner, who was arrested for deliberately infecting his 31-year-old Nigerian lover with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, (HIV), has admitted to also sleeping with six other ladies.

Vanguard reports that Turner was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command after his lover identified as Helen, an indigene of Benue State lodged a complaint, confessed that he had unprotected sex with the ladies including Helen's close friend, knowing he was infected and intentionally passing the virus to them.

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The HIV infected suspect, James Turner



Turner also told the police that when his status was confirmed, he had to send his wife back to their country so as not to infect her but continued to sleep with the Nigerian ladies.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, has confirmed the incident, saying the police is waiting for expert’s opinion to conclude the charge against the suspect.

3. "Killer On The Loose: Commercial sex workers call for prosecution of Irish HIV carrier"

Some commercial sex workers in Lagos State, especially those that live in brothels around the Ikeja, Lekki and Festac Town axis, are not sitting pretty at the moment.

The cause of their worries, according to a member of the National Association of Nigerian Prostitutes (NANP) who gave her name only as Milly, is an Irish national, James Turner, who is a certified HIV virus carrier but had been freely distributing the virus to many Nigerian ladies.

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Prostitutes on the rampage

(PM News)


Turner was arrested last weekend by the Lagos State Police Command after his Nigerian lover, Helen reported that he deliberately infected her with the virus.

During interrogation, he confessed that he knew he was HIV positive and had gone ahead to have unprotected sex with about six ladies.

4. "Heartbreak: Bride-to-be mourns fiance who died a few months to wedding"

What would have been a joyful anticipation for Temitope Makinde as she looked forward to her wedding in a few months time, has turned to sorrow after she lost her fiance, Damilare Oladapo Oluwafeyisan, to a fire disaster.

According to Makinde who spoke to Tori News, the 35-year-old Oluwafeyisan, who was an Operations Manager with an international pay television company based in Minna, Niger State, lost his life on Monday, October 17, 2016, after suffering first-degree burns in a fire accident from a generator explosion.

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The late Damilare Oladapo Oluwafeyisan and his fiancee,Tope

(Tori News)


Describing the sad incident that led to the demise of her fiance whom she fondly calls Dre, Makinde said he was assisting one of his neighbours in switching off the generating set around 12:15am in the night Sunday, October 16, when it exploded and caught fire which rapidly consumed his body.

The victim was reportedly rushed to the General Hospital in Minna where he gave up the ghost at 9:30pm the following day, apparently due to inadequate medical apparatus and incompetence of the medical officials on duty.

5. "Aisha Buhari: Nigerians criticize First Lady over N1.2m designer cape"

Following her praised controversial comments against her husband's government, Mrs Aisha Buhari is now being criticized for wearing a N1.2 million apparel.

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Aisha Buhari dons over a million Ferragamo Cape



The First Lady on Tuesday, October 18, on her way to Brussels, Belgium wore a $2,600 (N1.2m) Salvatore Ferragamo cape.

Many on social media have since condemned Mrs. Buhari's knack for luxury fashion items amid the economic recession. Some believe she is being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.

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